|10-17-2013 06:45 AM|
Please relax. It is very common in puppies to have dry skin and flakes. Be it GSD, Husky, Lab. Its normal. They have only the under coat, and the outer coat is growing.
Feed him omega 3 and 6 fatty acids from Canola oil or EVOO or flax seed oil or salmon oil. Incidentally Canola is the cheapest and BEST oil there is.
I used to massage my boy's fur with evoo once a week. Not too much, just a bit. Helped a lot. And everything was fine after his final coat grew up.
Also, check when your dog had his frontline plus last administered, it can be mites too.
Anyway, dry skin and flakes in puppies is not a major concern.
|10-17-2013 05:47 AM|
This might help. When i had my puppy he had flaky skin and itching abit of loose stoole but i was changing his diet so normal i guess. I went to vet guess what he dewormed my puppy and problem solved. Worms can cause skin irritation. Just to share
|10-14-2013 05:07 PM|
My dog bane also has itchy skin. Our vet gave us some medicated shampoo to put on the parts that are most itchy and gave is omega pills as well. It seems that gets worse with the season change...but its calming down.
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|10-14-2013 04:18 PM|
|jamhajny||Maybe I'll take him to a different vet then to get a second opinion, along with a diet change. The bath I give him is OxyMed, it's an oatmeal treatrment with omega 3 and vitamin E and it doesn't do anything for him, he's still as itchy as ever|
|10-14-2013 03:25 PM|
|WVGSD||My senior rescued GSD had the same itchy skin and dandruff and his allergies are environmental - not to his food. My vet put him on a prescription antihistamine and I used a very low dose of steroids when the symptoms were at their worst. Now, he is just on the antihistamine three times daily and the weather is changing. It won't be long until we have frost and I can take him off of the medication entirely. I bathed him in an oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, washed his bedding frequently, vaccumed the house well and did my best to keep allergens manageable. It has paid off and he never got hot spots or any skin challenges more than itchies and scratching some hair on his belly. He is much more comfortable now.|
|10-14-2013 12:39 PM|
|Mesonoxian||I honestly don't know about the eyes, Lena has never had a problem with watery eyes. Tevyeh, the little guy in the house, has watery or goopy eyes occasionally, but that's more because of his hair growth than allergies, I believe.|
|10-14-2013 12:36 PM|
|jamhajny||I would love to feed raw but I don't have the extra freezers either and I also don't feel I know enough about it, there's too much of a debate on the subject for me to feel comfortable feeding that way. Could the watery eyes be from allergy too?|
|10-14-2013 12:28 PM|
Lena's allergies are pretty severe at times, but has never really had hot spots. (She has terrible rash during hay fever season, and is on daily allergy meds to help manage it during the season.)
As far as food goes, you may have to try a few things to see what works for you (budget wise) and your dog. Higher quality food is better, for sure.
Lena was on one food for a long time, and suddenly started to have a bad reaction to it - we think that the recipe was suddenly changed. I began the quest for a better food, and we went through 4 or 5 varieties before we settled on Orijen. (And I'm only paying $10 more a year than I was paying for the previous food.) I've since tried rotating some other brands in (because some dogs develop allergies to a certain food after being on it for long enough.) and nothing has done as well for Lena as Orijen (we do occasionally rotate Orijen varieties). The other dog in the house however, does fine on Orijen, but has done just as well on Taste of the Wild, Wellness Core, Evo, and a few others.
Personally, I wish I were feeding raw, but I don't currently have space for storage, or feel confident enough in my knowledge to feel I would be feeding it properly. But that is another good option for maximum ingredient control if you find you're battling food allergies.
|10-14-2013 12:26 PM|
I would look into Solid Gold Wolf Cub, Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy or Wellness Large Breed Puppy or Wellness Core Puppy (grain-free).
I like the Wellness brands the best because they are higher quality.
You have to switch foods over slowly! Add a little each day, it should take you about 10-14 days to make the full switch to the new kibble. You might want to get some canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to help make the switch if he gets runny poop. Pumpkin firms up their poop quickly!
|10-14-2013 12:20 PM|
|jamhajny||Have not tried tea tree oil shampoo's, I will have to look into that. When I do change his food should I still make it a slow transaction or just go right into another food since it may be his problem?|
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